Imagine you visit a grocery store and slip on a slippery floor that was recently waxed. These types of accidents happen every day due to the negligence of property owners who fail to make their premises reasonably safe for others. Property owners are legally liable for serious injuries that happen on their property due to their negligence.
Whether you are injured in a private property or a public land, the landowners (sometimes the city) have a duty to keep the building, properties, and walkways in a reasonably safe condition.
California Law of Slip and Falls
All property owners must take reasonable steps to prevent injuries from dangerous conditions on their property. This applies to the city, residential homeowners, landlords and retail stores.
In filing a lawsuit, we must show:
- the property owner was obligated to provide safe conditions, and
- that an unsafe condition led directly to you being injured
Premises Liability Claims Can Involve Various Types of Property
Individual people and entities can be defendants in premises-liability cases, including:
- Public Entities (e.g., Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority)
- Restaurants and Bars
- Retail Stores (e.g., Home Depot, Best Buy, Costco)
- Gyms and Fitness Centers (e.g., Gold’s Gym, 24-Hour Fitness)
- Apartment Complexes
- Private Homeowners
- Private Building Owners
- Owners of Vacant Land
What Should I Do After Being Injured?
Documenting evidence after the accident can strengthen your case and improve your chance of recovering compensation.
What should you document:
- If you can, take pictures of The area you fell (close up and one from a distance)
- Your Injuries
- Shoes worn
- Any ‘caution’ signs nearby
Should I Get an Attorney After My Fall?
It can be very difficult to prove that a defendant should have known about – and moved to remedy – a hazardous situation before your accident. That is why a premises-liability attorney can make all the difference for you, and that is why we will fight to get you the fair damages recovery you deserve. If you need an attorney who will act aggressively on your behalf, turn to Avaness Law.
Financial and Medical Recovery
Types of monetary compensation available in a slip and fall include:
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Punitive Damages
- Lost Wages
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Consortium: Your spouse is compensated for the loss of your moral support, help around the house and physical intimacy.
If you have been involved in an slip and fall, please contact the skilled team at Avaness Law. Our experienced attorneys have a wealth of experience helping victims of slip and falls.